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Updated: Aug. 13.
By RICKY LINDSAY, Sports Editor
When the Michigan football team takes the field on Oct. 11 against Penn State, history will be made.
And like most of the Wolverines’ recent history, it will occur under the lights.
On Friday, Michigan unveiled an all-blue alternate uniform for the third night game in Michigan Stadium history, the first look predominated by blue in the team’s 135-year history.
Per a release, student-athletes and members of the football program helped design the Go Blue TECHFIT uniform, the fifth collaboration between Michigan and its outfitter, adidas, since 2011.
“I don’t know if you saw the (Big Ten Network’s unveiling) video, but me and Ray Taylor were the ones that kind of chose everything for them,” redshirt senior linebacker Jake Ryan said during Michigan’s media day. “It was cool to see them really unveiled. Everyone liked them, so that was good.”
Fellow senior linebacker Desmond Morgan said the unveiling marked the first time he saw the uniforms. A few clues were tossed Morgan’s way beforehand by quarterback Devin Gardner, who modeled the uniform during a video unveiling by the Big Ten Network.
“Devin gave me a few hints, I sat next to him in the meeting. (He) said a few things but (wasn’t) giving me enough, I guess,” Morgan said. “When they unveiled it, it was awesome. One of our strength coaches kind of wore the uniform down into the team meeting and I think that got everyone pretty much just as hyped as the uniforms themselves did.”
Michigan hasn’t been shy about adding alternate uniforms in the Brady Hoke era. The team and adidas collaborated on a throwback uniform for Michigan Stadium’s first night game in 2011. Two striped jerseys were installed for the Wolverines’ games against Michigan State and Virginia Tech (Sugar Bowl).
The following year, Michigan donned two white jerseys with maize and blue shoulders for match ups against Alabama (Cowboys Classic) and South Carolina (Outback Bowl), respectively.
In a release, Michigan announced it will wear its traditional uniforms for the remainder of the 2014 regular season, with a decision regarding a bowl game’s look coming at a later day.
Michigan’s matchup with Penn State will mark Morgan’s third-career night contest at Michigan Stadium. For the second time, he’ll be doing so in alternate uniforms.
“It’s awesome,” he said. “Anytime you get an opportunity like that to play under the lights in Michigan Stadium, nothing compares to that. So it’ll be fun.”
It took 84 years for a night game to be played at Michigan Stadium. Morgan partook in those festivities in 2011. He’s jubilated to be part of more history come Oct. 11.
“Anytime you get to do something for the first time for a program that has been around this long, it’s a tremendous experience,” he said.